Careers with a Law degree
As well as becoming a barrister or solicitor, there are many career routes you can go down if you have a Law degree. We guide you through some of the different options.
Study for a degree in Law, and you’ll be equipped with an extensive set of skills that prepare you for a career in the legal system. You could find work in a practice that oversees family law, business law or criminal law, for instance.
To practice law professionally, you’ll need specific qualifications and vocational training. See our guides on:
- How to become a solicitor
- How to become a chartered legal executive
- How to become a barrister or advocate
Alternatively, your skills can also apply to a wide range of other careers. For example, your legal knowledge could be used for supporting the government or a large company as part of an in-house legal team. Or, your analytical skills could be helpful for work such as within the media, the welfare sector or data science.
Law graduates go into careers like:
- Barrister’s clerk
- Chartered legal executive
- Company secretary
- Costs lawyer
- Legal cashier
- Patent attorney
Other potential opportunities include:
- Civil servant
- Charity worker
- Data analyst
- HR manager
- Immigration officer
- Lecturer or teacher
- Police officer
- Risk analyst
Many barristers are self-employed and work as tenants in sets of chambers.
Examples of employers looking for graduates with legal skills:
- Government Legal Service
- Crown Prosecution Service
- Armed Forces
- Law firms like Allen and Overy or Clifford Chance
- National Centre for Domestic Violence
- HSBC Bank
- Citizens Advice